It must have taken
a little while to get over yesterday’s news, but the Chesterton boys soccer
team lived up to the billing.
The Trojans found
themselves atop the Class 3A rankings for the first time this season,
struggled in the first half, then cruised to a 9-0 non-conference victory
“(Monday) we were
pushed up to the Number 1 spot for the coaches poll,” Chesterton coach Lucas
Sabedra said. “I think it means a lot to these boys that all the hard work
since June is paying off.”
The Trojans scored
the only goal of the first half when Ryan O’Dell found the back of the net.
“At halftime, we
asked them to slow their game down and look to keep the ball more instead of
forcing the ball straight up the field,” Sabedra said. “It naturally led to
more chances around the box and more combination plays. We have a tendency
to get frustrated when the goals aren't pouring in.
“So that patience
and composure is something we work on day-to-day.”
Once the goals
started pouring in, the faucet never shut off.
The Trojans got
goals from Seth Conway (3), Thomas Gutierrez (2), Nick Biel, Jack Eaton and
Bailey Arthur (3),
Kyle McEuen (2), Robbie Capehart and Evan Ekblaw all dished out assists.
“The boys were
having fun and it was our last home game in that second half,” Sabedra said.
“It meant a lot for our five seniors (Eaton, Arthur, Andy VanNoort, Nick
Harmon and Ekblaw) to stay out there and be a part of Senior Night.”
three saves in the shutout victory.
to the field on Wednesday when they travel to LaPorte with a chance to win
the outright Duneland Athletic Conference title.
The JV game is
scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.